Plans and Pricing
A $30 comprehensive evaluation will be billed for all first time visits. Accepted by all major insurance companies (Please confirm with your insurance provider prior to scheduling an appointment)
- Adult Dental Hygiene Cleaning
- includes oral cancer screening
- Children Cleanings Dental Hygiene Cleaning
- Adolescent Cleanings Dental Hygiene Cleaning $99
- includes oral cancer screening
- Desensitization for sensitive teeth
- Dual laminated sports guard designed to prevent tooth injury and concussions
Pit & Fissure Sealants
- Pit & Fissure Sealants are priced per tooth
- $450 for Zoom in office.
- $299 for Home Whitening
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of a Dental Hygienist?
Today, dental hygienists not only clean teeth. They are a Registered Health Care Professional responsible for treating and preventing periodontal (gum) disease as well as detecting and preventing dental decay (cavities). In so doing, they make an important contribution to overall health. They also provide helpful tips and nutritional counselling.
The link between oral infections and other diseases in the body is becoming well documented and accepted within the health care community. It underlines the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease. ***ODHA***
What causes bad breath?
According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath (halitosis) have a dental condition that is to blame.
These conditions could be one or more of the following:
Poor oral hygiene
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Bacteria on the tongue
HOW TO PREVENT BAD BREATH?
Dental Cleanings and regular check-ups: Visit your dental hygienist every 3-6 months for a thorough debridement of your teeth and visit your dentist yearly for regular check-ups. This is the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
Brushing Twice a Day: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time for effective plaque removal.
Flossing Daily: Floss your teeth daily. Flossing will remove plaque and food debris from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Retained plaque and food debris become acidic over time and release foul odors.
Using a Mouth Rinse: Use an anti-microbial mouth rinse such as Listerine or Crest Pro-Health. Keep in mind that if a dental problem is the cause of chronic bad breath, a mouth rinse will only mask the odor and not cure it.
Brushing Your Tongue: Brush or scrape your tongue daily to help remove bacteria. A tongue scraper works best as the papilla on the tongue is quite thick making plaque much more retentive.
Avoiding Tobacco: Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Tobacco tends to dry out your mouth and can leave an unpleasant smell.
Avoiding Dry Mouth: If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to your dentist about recommending an over the counter saliva substitute such as Biotene, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Biotene is available in a toothpaste, mouthrinse, or chewing gum.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. If treatment is not received, gingivitis could progress into periodontitis, an advanced and more serious stage of gum disease which may lead to tooth loss.
Common symptoms of gingivitis are:
• Frequent bad breath
• Red and swollen gums
• Bleeding of gums during brushing and/or flossing.
• Sore gums during and after dental cleanings.
What is periodontal disease?
This silent infection destroys gum tissue and surrounding bone. It occurs when harmful bacteria grows beneath the gums destroying the ligaments which attach the soft tissue (gums) to the teeth, therefore creating “pockets”-spaces or gaps in between the gums and the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal bacteria can lead to irreversible tooth loss and affect your overall health.
Periodontal disease is a persistent bacterial infection that:
• Affects 3 out of 4 American adults
• Attacks the gums and bones that hold the teeth in place
• Can return and spread if left untreated
• May lead to surgery or tooth loss
While gum disease is a serious problem, it can be easily prevented. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental cleanings are the best ways to prevent gum disease, thus protecting your overall health.
Studies show that bacteria associated to gum disease may travel through the blood stream increasing the chance of heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications.
Common symptoms of advanced gum disease are:
• Gums separating from the teeth
• Loose teeth
• Change in your bite
• Change in the way partials or dentures fit
The link between gingival plaque and heart disease
New research has found that the advanced stages of gum disease (periodontitis) is linked to health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Some researchers have even suggested that periodontitis can cause premature birth, low birth weight, pancreatic cancer, high blood sugar levels and even bacterial pneumonia.
Do I need antibiotics before a dental cleaning?
According to the American Heart Association, antibiotics are required if you have a heart murmer (with regurgitation), if you have had a hip/knee replacement within the last two years, or if you have a medical condition which affects the immune system. It is important to consult with your doctor prior to a dental cleaning if you have or suspect any of the above.
BEWARE OF BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS
Bacterial endocarditis is a common risk associated with periodontal disease. It is an infection in the lining of the heart or heart valves, which could damage or destroy these valves. Bacterial endocarditis can also occur in patients who have minor heart valve problems, especially if periodontal disease is present. The consensus is that bacteria can get into the bloodstream from infected gums, which can in turn activate infection in the bloodstream within the heart.
Routine dental cleanings are important in preventing all of the above.
Is tooth whitening safe?
The tooth whitening gel is a powerful oxidizing agent containing carbamide peroxide. It works by oxidizing the enamel of the tooth therefore making it appear lighter. Aside from temporary sensitivity to cold, there is no further evidence to show damage to the tooth during or after whitening.
The whitening gel can, however, cause temporary harm to the soft tissue if not applied correctly. It is a controlled substance and it must be placed on the teeth with a custom fit whitening tray in order to confine the gel to the teeth and away from the gums.